from the field'S ARCHIVE

  • They told us before we went that we would fall in love with the children. They were right. Shortly after I returned from Malawi this year, I was to give a presentation to a group of retired teachers. I decided to end the presentation with my favorite “kid pictures.” So out of over 2500 pictures, […]

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  • My life is full of cup-holders and coasters. Everywhere I am, I have a cupholder or a coaster. I have one in my living room next to my favorite chair. I also have not 1 but 2 sets of coasters in my living room on the bookshelf, made by pottery friends in the States and […]

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  • When Paulette and I returned from our first trip to Malawi in 2009, we didn’t think we would be returning; but return we did, and for one reason only.  Probably the same reason many of you will return;  you’ll never forget the people.  You’ll forget the hours you spent on the plane.  You’ll forget the […]

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  • This is like a dream,” said Lucy, headwoman of the village of Saza today when we came to install the pump on the village’s new well. It will serve 44 households which works out to about 220 souls who will have clean, fresh water for the first time. Lucy is a teacher at the primary […]

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  • This was my first trip with Marion Medical Mission.  I will tell you about the good, bad, and ugly of this trip. In Matthew 25:35, Jesus says:  “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” First – the bad:  travel.  It took 22 hours from Washington DC., until I arrived in Malawi.  The […]

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  • This was my first trip for Marion Medical Mission Shallow Well Project. I have been to Africa before and must say I wanted to go back as Africa had gotten into my blood. I have been on “mission trips” before and have always felt I received much more than I contributed. This was no different. […]

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  • It’s hard to imagine that such a small act of support can make a difference, especially halfway around the world. But to the villagers that we encounter when we install pumps, we make a real difference in their lives. Our presence and the donor’s support make such a joyful impact on their lives. It’s easy […]

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  • There are times when you actually feel yourself participating in a miracle. A village woman, 83, pumps clean water for the first time after a well installation. One such instance occurred when an older villager who spoke English very well arrived late to the well site, but before the installation of the pump was complete. […]

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  • It was a week of challenges. Another volunteer and I were working with a Zambian Field Officer and installation crew in Zambia’s Eastern Province. The main road toward Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, theoretically paved, was carpeted with 6-10 inch deep craters, forcing us to drive on one or the other shoulder, or slow to walking speed […]

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  • Deep within the heart of Africa lies a country whose people are calm and gentle, gracious and appreciative. They are, as many travel books would say, “the kindest people on earth.” To work with the Malawian people was indeed an honor and privilege, for many reasons, but most especially, because they made me feel like […]

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